Local Love – Fort Caroline National Memorial

One day last month when it was really cold (Florida cold, so like 50 degrees?!) we were feeling a little cabin fever and decided to go explore Fort Caroline National Memorial. Fort Caroline memorializes the short-lived French colonial presence in Florida during the 1500s. There’s some argument about whether or not this is the actual location of the original fort, but either way, it’s a fun spot to visit! I should probably know more about the history and share that knowledge with you. But I don’t. 🙂 So you can read all about it here.

We enjoyed exploring the area and reading stories of the first contact between Native Americans and Europeans. A short walk from the visitor’s center brings you to a reconstructed fort right on the St. Johns River. Kingston enjoyed the canons and reconstructed exhibits that highlight the lives of the Timucua-speaking people who lived along the waterways of Northeast Florida. Miles of nature trails through preserved, native habitats make it the perfect spot to get some fresh air! And did I mention it’s free? You can visit the park daily between 9:00am – 4:45pm.